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TDAwarenessWeek

TDAwarenessWeek 2022

NAMI Eastside is proud to honor the 5th Annual #TDAwarenessWeek. Tardive Dyskinesia is a condition of uncontrollable movements, which may develop from taking certain mental health medications. Learn more at TalkAboutTD.com.  
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2022 Legislative Insights: Change Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health Distress Calls

By Donna Lurie, NAMI Eastside Board President To keep our readers informed, we plan to feature key pieces of legislation and legislative activity of interest to the mental health community.  HB 1310 was passed by the Washington State Legislature in 2021 to address concerns over the use of force in responding to crisis calls. The…
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Ways to Refill Your Kettle

If a kettle is out of water, there is no way to make tea until the kettle is refilled. People are the same way. As much as we may want to give everything to others, we need to stop and take time for ourselves. Here are some ways to help you refill your kettle: Practice…
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Be Thankful for Yourself 

It’s the time of the year where we remember what we are thankful for. While Thanksgiving itself is a controversial holiday, the idea of giving thanks is quite nice. So, in honor of this, I want to talk about gratitude toward yourself, others, and what we each have.   Personally, I have much to be…
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Living with Suicidal Ideations

I’d like begin by saying that if you or a loved one have thoughts about suicide or ending your own life please reach out the National Suicide Hotline – 800-273-8255.   The topic of suicide is sensitive and nuanced. It’s something that we whisper when speaking about, as if it’s a terrifying creature that awaits…
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Being Alone with Anxiety

I’ve decided to write this in the present moment rather than attempting to articulate what anxiety feels like and what being alone with anxiety feels like. If I try to think back on moments when I was anxious they become elusive, as if my memory was erased and I never experienced it; the moment simply…
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Suicide Awareness

By: Barbie Collins Young It’s been 3 years since I lost my dearest friend, Kate, on September 10th.  September 10th, ironically, is suicide awareness day, and it was a day that completely turned lives upside down, yet guided me to a deep-seated passion to do the work in mental health that I do now.  It’s…
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The Impact of NAMI

By: Tiffany Romito A little more than 4 years ago I had just given birth to my second son. He was born on Christmas 2016. Only 15 months younger than my firstborn. Having children is such a blessing. I want to preface this by saying that. I am incredibly lucky that my husband & I…
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Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

7am: Wake up, make breakfast, relax.  8am: First meeting of the day.  9am: Write your to-dos from updated emails over the weekend.  9:30am: Second meeting of the day.  10am: Begin your first task of the day.  11am: An unexpected situation arises that requires your immediate attention.  12pm: Finally back to your to-do list and still…
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Finding Pride in Being Bisexual

June is Pride Month. For these 30 days we recognize those who have fought – and are still fighting – for LGBTQ+ civil rights. During June, there is an extra amount of self-expression, and many come together in solidarity with those in the LGBTQ+ community. But, what happens after these 30 days? Life doesn’t change…
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Am I Bad at School or Am I Struggling With My Mental Health?

At 21 years old, I was diagnosed with ADHD. For most of my life, up until that point, I had been flailing about, working extra hard to meet standards that other kids were meeting easily. Middle school and high school were exhausting, and college presented its own issues. For all those years I dealt with…
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Why Men Ignore Their Mental Health Out of Fear of Being “Weak”

Men: strong, unfearful, brave, logical. As a man, these adjectives are what I think of when I think of society’s version of men. We are painted as figures that are gargantuans to fear and never stymied by anything. We persevere; we are strong and courageous all the time. But when it comes to dealing with…
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Men & Mental Health: How to have an effective conversation

It’s a Sunday afternoon, you’re feeling uneasy and some type of anxiety is bubbling. You’re not sure where it’s ascending from, but it’s becoming harder to keep to yourself. You want to talk to your roommate about what’s on your mind, but you’re nervous. Men aren’t supposed to talk about their feelings and you think…
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Find Long-Term Self-Love through Vulnerability

There is a small – but significant – difference between self-love and self-care. You can care for yourself without loving yourself, but you can’t love yourself without caring for yourself. A paradox? Possibly. I have personally experienced moments where I care for myself by exercising, trying to eat well, or doing other things that are…
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